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Laura McKirdy You Are What You Eat

One owner has told me her Papillion puppy won’t eat the pet food she has bought it. My advice is to not be tempted to make the puppy an alternative meal, but to persevere and to be patient. There are many good, nutritionally complete, balanced pet foods on the market, so ask your Vet which one would be best for your pet. It is vitally important that puppies eat the food they need to keep them healthy and allow them to grow into healthy adults.

Does your pet beg for scraps when you are having meals? What do you do when they give you those ‘feed me’ looks? Some owners put their pets away when they sit down to eat but others share their food with their pets. By doing this they are teaching their pets bad habits. A canine behaviourist once told me that ‘once is a mistake, twice is a habit’, and this is especially true when it comes to food. If you allow your pet to eat from your plate or feed them ‘human’ food (i.e. not dog/cat food), they will want it again and again and again. It will become a hard habit to break and they’ll pester you every time you sit down to eat. So - don’t allow them to beg for your food - or to try a sample. If they don’t know what they’re missing, they’ll be much less likely to ask for it! If you have a pet-related question for this column, please email it to:

laura.mckirdy@paragonvet.com

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